November 02, 2005


Had a trip down to London yesterday to attend the national CoFHE Committee meeting (as UC&R observer) as usual. I missed the last meeting since it was at Umbrella and I was magnificently triple booked at the time (I did manage to be in two meetings simultaneously at one point – a feet of quantum dynamical wonder if you ask me). The weather was lovely, and the trains run on time – not something I can often say about trips to London!

One of the key topics at the meeting yesterday is CILIP's review of all the special interest groups (SIGs). Momentum on this one has been building up for quite some time, and members have pretty much had their last chance to have their say. It all lies in the purview of the Council and Executive Board now.

CoFHE, like many SIGs, are justifiably afraid that this exercise is going to be one of slash and burn – with many groups smooshed together for financial reasons. They've been making representations to point out their unique status and reasons for a continued discrete existence. It did mean the meeting was rather flat as most things that could be progressed can't really go forward until we all know just what CILIP are going to do vis-a-vie the group's future.

Executive Board apparently meets 8th December to make its decision, with a Council meeting on the 14th where an announcement is expected. How people are going to react is unsure – some (like UC&R) will make the best of it – since we owe our existence to CILIP. Others I fear might try to secede from the Union – just hope we don't end up with any breakaway republics…

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